10 Short Books (For When You’re Short on Reading Time)

10 Short Books (For When You're Short on Reading Time)

Recently I’ve been going through a phase of life that has been keeping me very busy and leaving me with less time to read than usual. When I do have some spare time, I find myself leaning towards shorter books. A shorter length means I can read it in less time and also retain the story better in my mind.

So today I want to share ten books that are great for reading when you find yourself in this position. The copies I read of each of these are about 250 pages or less. I recall reading some of these in several small chunks and others in one or two dedicated reading sessions.

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September Reading Wrap Up

September 2019 Reading Wrap UpSeptember flew by in such a blur! My husband and I were blessed with a baby who manages to sleep in two long chunks at nighttime at only a few weeks old (he takes after his mom!) but even with getting more sleep than expected, life with a newborn is definitely a whirlwind.

With that, I wasn’t sure how much reading I’d actually get to but was pleasantly surprised to be able to complete a few this month. Using my nook (and nook app on my phone) really helped as I could easily read for just a few minutes at a time wherever I happened to be when I had time to spare. And I found another favorite book of the year!

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5 Fantastic Books To Read This Fall

5 Fantastic Books to Read This Fall

I love the summer but around this time of year I always start to get antsy for the fall and cooler weather that calls for sweaters, cozy vibes, and a stack of books to curl up with.

I often look for books with a particular atmosphere this time of year, but this season I’m craving a bit more variety in my reading choices. So today I’m sharing books from a range of genres, including contemporary, mystery, fantasy, and more. And hopefully there will be something to your liking from my list!

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August Reading Wrap Up

August 2019 Reading Wrap UpAugust was a month of transition for me. Between stopping full time work, prepping for baby, and baby’s final arrival (over a week after my due date!), a lot changed over these 31 days.

With everything going on, I’m not surprised that I wound up reading less than usual. And without a half hour commute to and from work every day, my audiobook consumption was next to nothing – which hasn’t happened for me in quite some time! Overall though, I’m happy with what I read in August. I rated each book at least a three and happened upon one that will definitely make my favorites for the year!

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10 Enchanting Books About Books & Stories

10 Enchanting Books About Books & Stories

As an avid book lover, one of my favorite type of books is the kind that focus on books or stories themselves. I love books about books and stories within stories, and seeing multiple strands or layers come together in interesting ways. Anything set in a library or bookstore will pique my interest, as well as stories about authors or readers.

After recently having read several of these kinds of books, I thought it was the perfect time to put together a list of books about books and stories that I particularly enjoyed. Although these all have books at their core, they are from a range of genres, so hopefully there’s something you can find from this list that you’ll enjoy!

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5 Beachy Books To Read This Summer

5 Beachy Books to Read This Summer

It seemed to take forever this year for the weather to warm up to spring temperatures. Combined with higher than usual amounts of rain, I’ve found myself ready to settle in with books that give me strong summer vibes based on their setting. Particularly those set on the beach, ocean, or lakefront, making me think I can already smell the sunscreen and feel the sand in my toes.

So today I’m sharing five books with beachy settings to help you dig into summer! This selection is strong on thrillers with some romance and coming of age mixed in. If you prefer a bit more variety, the 2019 summer reading guides from Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Bookshelves have fantastic choices as well!

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May Reading Wrap Up

May 2019 Reading Wrap UpMay was a full month of fun plans and plenty of reading, and it flew by in the blink of an eye!

This was a great month of books for me. I enjoyed a variety of genres, from suspense and thrillers to science fiction and contemporary to historical fiction. With the exception of one book I decided to DNF for now, I wound up rating everything I read at least a three, and two books a full five out of five! You can’t really get much better than that.

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Do You DNF?

Do You DNF?Over the past several months, I’ve been trying to focus on quality over quantity with my reading. This doesn’t necessarily mean every book I read needs to be the BEST book ever but that I’d like to be reading books that thoroughly entertain, teach me something new and interesting, or bring something really special to the table. So I’ve been abandoning books more readily than I ever have in the past.

Although I’ve proclaimed to be fine with putting a book down when it’s not working, it’s been a fairly rare occurrence in my reading life. But as I’m getting older and realizing just how many books there are that I’d like to try, it’s getting easier to DNF (did not finish). It’s entirely possible I’m also getting more particular in my preferences and my patience for poor quality is waning as I read more, making it easier to decide to put a book down.

There are a few reasons why I might DNF a book:

1. The timing/format is wrong.

I’ve tried some books that deal with topics or themes that I just couldn’t handle at the time. It might be anything from the death of a loved one to something too creepy when I’m already stressed. And as a reader who enjoys using multiple formats (print copies, e-books, audiobooks), I find that some formats work better for some books than others. When I put these books down, I usually intend to go back to them at some point when the timing is better or in a different format.

2. I couldn’t connect with it.

This tends to be the hardest category for me. These are books that don’t necessarily have anything wrong with them and the timing and format is right, but something just isn’t clicking for me. Although sometimes I’ll realize it fairly quickly, most often I stick with these for the longest amount of time before putting them down. And sometimes I’ll consider going back to these at another time as well.

3. Poor writing and editing.

These are the easiest books for me to DNF. When I come across several spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes within a couple pages, I know it won’t be a book for me. This tends to be an issue more often with independently published (and especially self published) books, which is unfortunate because I like to give them a chance.

So I’m curious! Do you DNF books? If so, what are your reasons?

Infographic: What are you in the mood to read next?

What are you in the mood to read next?Today I want to share a different type of recommendation post. As a mood reader, when I’m trying to decide what book to pick up next I usually go through a particular process that involves a few steps. First I think about what genre or tone I’m looking for. And then I narrow it down based on some specifics I’ve heard about the books in that category on my TBR (to be read) list. So I thought it would be fun to share an infographic that visualizes that experience.

Since this could go in so many directions, I’m starting by focusing on genres and categories that I’ve read a good amount in and have chosen books that were released within the past two years (or have sequels that were published within that time frame). I’d love to hear your thoughts on this type of post! Please let me know if you like infographics like this and if so, what genres or topics you might want to see suggestions for in the comments.

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April Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap UpApril was overall a great month of reading! I completed nine books, which is more than my average (although I’m not entirely sure how). And the majority of what I read I wound up rating a four. After the March I had, this was more than a few steps up and I’m feeling much better about choosing the right books for me.

I’m also happy to have knocked some backlist books that I’ve owned for a while off my list. As it stands now, I own 171 books that I haven’t yet read and I’d like to get that down to 155 by the end of the year. If I keep up this rate of at least two per month, that should be achievable.

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